- The stage will take place on Thursday 6 April with an exciting finish in the town centre.
- Santurtziarra professional cyclist, Omar Fraile, helped configure the route.
This morning, the collaboration agreement for the fourth stage of Itzulia, set to take place in Santurtzi, was officially signed and the details of the event were presented. The signing took place at the Santurtzi Town Hall in the presence of Aintzane Urkijo, Mayoress of Santurtzi, Julian Eraso, President of OCETA and Danel Bringas, Councillor for Sports, who shared their views on what it could mean for the municipality.
In this respect, the mayoress of Santurtzi, Aintzane Urkijo, explained that “we made a special effort to host this stage because professional cycling is very present in our town, largely thanks to one of our residents, Omar Fraile. I know that Santurtzi has a lot of love for this sport and that it will be a very special day”.
For his part, the sports councillor, Danel Bringas, added that “hosting the start and finish of such a valuable race is an incentive for our town. This will lead neighbours from nearby towns or hobbyists visiting Santurtzi for a great day out when they can familiarise themselves with our cultural, seafaring and gastronomic riches”.
Julián Eraso commented after the signing, “Santurtzi has made a strong commitment to bringing the best cycling to its town. Visitors will get to experience a very relaxed atmosphere at the start and an exciting finish in the centre of Santurtzi. And he gave a nod to the local cyclist, “the fact that Omar Fraile has prepared the stage also adds an interesting touch to the whole event. We hope he comes and can enjoy, experience and fight for ‘his stage’.
As Roberto Laiseka, the race’s technical director, predicts, “it will be a stage with many climbs and descents, very conducive to breakaways. Towards the end, the race will enter the Asturiana pass area and its subsequent descent from the Arboleda. This section could decide the winner of the stage, as was the case in Sestao in 2021”.